Danny McCray (Danny’s Hair); Howard Ivey (Howard’s Hair Salon for Men); Constance Walker (SASS 1809 Main Street)
Rachel Laster, Millennium Community Outreach Coordinator; Tawanda Bassham, Fidelis Care; Felicia Johnson, Community Health Center of Niagara Project Manager/ Community Relations; Ebony Patterson White, Millennium Community Health Worker Coordinator, (center); Nelson Thomas (Nelson’s Hair Studio); Reverend Raymond Allen (Spiritual Community Leader); Marsha McWilson ( McWilson’s House of Beauty).
‘Barber & Beauty Shop Initiative’
Launched at Six Locations
Millennium Collaborative Care in partnership with Community Health Center of Niagara; Pastor Raymond Allen of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church-Niagara Falls; and local Niagara Falls barber/beauty shops, have launched six free self-monitored blood pressure screening locations, known as the “Barber & Beauty Shop Initiative”.
Adults 18-years of age and older visiting any of the following locations may participate in a free self-screening:
|Howard’s Hair Salon for Men
1157 Cleveland Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
|Nelson’s Hair Studio
1326 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
619 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
619 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
1809 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
|McWilson’s House of Beauty
1137 South Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Rachel Laster, Millennium Community Outreach Coordinator, right. with a member of the Barber staff at the Crispy Cutz shop. ( Lamont Ryland, Owner).
BARBER AND BEAUTY SHOP INITIATIVE
The objective of “Barber & Beauty Shop Initiative” (B & B Health Stop) is to bring cardio vascular health awareness to members of the community at locations that are most comfortable and convenient. While patrons visit the shops for hair services, they will at the same time have the opportunity to participate in self-monitored blood pressure screenings.
To enable the self-screenings, each barber/beauty shop will be supplied with a small digital blood pressure monitor which the patron can place around his or her wrist and then be able to read and record their own blood pressure. Instructions will be provided to all barber/beauty shops to aid in the process.
“The Barber and Beauty Shop Initiative is a partnership with local barber and beauty shops, creating opportunities for community members to self-monitor blood pressure and have linkage to essential healthcare services,” said Ebony Patterson-White, Community Health Worker Coordinator, Millennium Collaborative Care.
“With ongoing education and relationship development, the Community Health Center of Niagara and Pastor Raymond Allen have developed valuable relationships with local barber and beauty shops where we are now able to create ‘B & B Health Stop’ locations to the Niagara Falls Community. We have great hopes of expanding to the Buffalo area,” she added.
“CHCN is pleased to partner with Millennium Collaborative Care on the ‘B&B Health Stop initiative’. We pride ourselves on delivering access to quality healthcare to the community, while providing several alternatives to payments: sliding fee applications and market place enrollment. This an awesome way to build relationships in the community and conversation starters in Niagara Falls Beauty and Barbershops, ” said Felicia Johnson, Project Manager/Community Relations, Community Health Center of Niagara.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF NIAGARA
Community Health Center of Niagara offers all services and top-quality care, regardless of one’s ability to pay. They are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) which means they offer their patients payment plans so they may come without worrying about how to pay. Community Health Center of Niagara will offer information and linkage to community members in need of a provider.
There will be a box at each barber and beauty shop location where clients may submit their name and phone number for follow up to obtain information about their provider options. For further information, please contact Felicia Johnson, CHCB Project Manager/ Community Relations, Community Health Center of Buffalo, 34 Benwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716) 986-9199
ABOUT MILLENNIUM COLLABORATIVE CARE
Igniting Healthcare Change in Western New York
Millennium Collaborative Care (MCC), is a Performing Provider System (PPS) under New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, a statewide initiative championed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to fundamentally restructure the health care delivery system by reinvesting in the Medicaid program, with the primary goal of reducing avoidable hospital use by 25 percent over five years.
The mission of Millennium Collaborative Care is to collaborate and partner with physicians, healthcare providers and community-based organizations on the implementation of 11 DSRIP programs designed by Millennium to positively impact Medicaid patient across Western New York’s eight counties (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming). To follow our progress and learn more visit www.millenniumcc.org.